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VP Mike Pence Walks Out of NFL Game Over Kneeling Players

VP Mike Pence Walks Out of NFL Game Over Kneeling Players

Vice President Mike Pence decided to get up and leave an NFL game on Sunday (October 8) after multiple players were seen kneeling during the National Anthem.

The Vice President was in attendance at the game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers to watch Peyton Manning‘s number 18 retired during halftime.

“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us. While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem,” Pence said in a statement to Deadline.

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  • j b

    So he wasted tax payers money to fly to an NFL game just so that he could leave to help protest Donald Trump’s racist ideas.

  • Mary Prankster

    Fuck him !

  • Nurse Shadie

    What’s disrespectful is having these clowns in our administration refuse to even acknowledge and LISTEN to why these athletes are protesting in the first place!

  • Midnight

    He sure did! He knew perfectly well some players would take a knee. This was pathetically intentional in an attempt to make a point and fan the flames. Trump then tweets that he “ordered the VP to leave the game”if the players “disrespected” our country. Oh please. Americans should be up in arms over the waste of taxpayers money as you noted in order for Trump to “try” to have the last word. He and Mike have zero understanding of the situation. They are incapable of understanding.

  • J.K.

    Please walk out of the WH, thanks.

  • NerdyBirdy

    lmfaaoooooooo XD XD XD

  • Curt Noydb

    Apparently this isn’t working well for the NFL. Their viewership is now less than the MLB. Sponsors backing out, teams being booed. Even the networks are panning to something else to not show these pampered, pathetic players.

  • Mrs. Freeze

    Pence obviously doesn’t understand what free speech actually means.
    How much did his trip with the wife cost us this time?

  • gradybridges

    Less than MLB? LOL sure Jan keep dreaming.

  • Casey C

    so sick of a president that not only didn’t serve but evaded service
    using those that did serve a pawns. Soldiers fight for the RIGHTS of freedom, the
    freedom to choose to stand or sit or kneel during an anthem, not for people to
    be bullied into standing. Kneeling does
    not disrespect soldiers. It doesn’t disrespect a scrap of cloth. Its an f-ing
    piece of cloth.

  • Rhonda Schuck

    Americas favorite sport now HOCKEY!

  • Rhonda Schuck

    they’ve lost 2 1/2 million viewers and that last week numbers. After Pence walking out its going to get lots worse for the NFL. gonna be able to go to nfl games for 20 bucks pretty soon.

  • Rhonda Schuck

    lol, its true

  • racheyrach

    Nice language. Shocking you side with those who disrespect our country and our flag. Thank you VP Pence for doing the right thing!

  • Midnight

    Have you even tried to understand the reason the players are kneeling?? Hint: it has nothing to do with THEM disrespecting our country, flag, military etc. Pence and Trump just disrespected YOU taxpayer by spending YOUR money on an obviously planned stunt. I have no issue with Pence attending the game on taxpayer money. He’s entitled to enjoy a game, but flying AF1 knowing the entire time you’re leaving after the NA is a decision that lacks conscience. Try thinking on your own, look at both sides and then make an informed decision. Mr bible thumper Pence has no issue being a racist.

  • Munoz Munoz

    Bye Felicia.

  • Damian

    The freedom to express discontent that freedom of speech and expression is what out soldiers fought for, it is the basis our country was built on, that level of freedom, and what we shouldn’t dignify is having a President and Vice President who don’t understand that.

  • USWeeklyHatesComments

    So you respect the flag by standing up, turning your back on it and walking out. Prioritize man, seriously.

    Most soldiers I’ve seen, both young and old, support their right to kneel. Otherwise, what the hell our are soldiers fighting for if the government is trying to take away our freedom of speech, dissent and protest.

    Dissent and protest flows through the blood that is America. Who we are, the very start of this country, was a group “kneeling” against a country, flag and king. And many died to further that dissent to start their freedom. Maybe it wasn’t 100% perfect but it was a beginning. It’d be great if these so-called “patriots” would learn and understand that.

    Although I do laugh at Trump and his administration acting like they love the flag and America. These assholes love fascism, the Soviet flag, the KKK, Nazi’s are GOOD PEOPLE, Putin is great!

    Fuck this administration. And the republicans. They’re selling us AND the flag to goddamn Russia.

  • persononhere

    wonder how many of them voted? there are LOTS of other ways to show displeasure. they just don’t have the brains to figure any out. #dumbjocks

  • cutitout

    And no one cared. Most people can’t even pick hIm out of a lineup. he is the most useless vice president ever. And the fact that he stands by Trump or even agreed to be his running mate says worse things about him than anything. Also, thanks for wasting taxpayer money for this stunt.

  • Midnight

    Displeasure???? It seems
    you don’t understand why these guys are doing what they are doing. My knee jerk reaction was like yours, this is disrespectful and should be handled in a different way. However, I tried to put myself in their shoes and gave this issue serious thought (because obviously, this is getting a whole lot of attention, so that’s a score for them). This is a peaceful, quiet protest about inequality and racism. The Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal. They’re not saying they hate their country or disrespect their country. They are expressing their frustration with NOT being treated equally, which is a main principle under which our founding fathers wrote and spoke about I’m white and my life is VERY good. After careful thought, I feel I can empathize but in no way do I know what it’s like to be treated poorly because I was born with a certain skin color. I agree that many people who didn’t bother to vote shouldn’t be bothered to complain, but in this situation, would their vote have mattered? Racism has existed for a couple hundred + years. THIS is their country. Most blacks in this country have slave ancestry. MOST blacks don’t even know their ethnic heritage because the slave trade destroyed that. THEY have a right to equality just like everyone else. It seems like all the finger pointers haven’t given any thought to the reason behind the kneeling. I bet you don’t stand in silence when the national anthem is played in your house.

  • Artie

    It cost the taxpayers $500,000 for this planned stunt.

  • Artie

    You must know your tax dollars help pay the $500K
    for this planned stunt.

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  • Midnight

    Yep! Something like $50,000/hour for AF1 alone!!! There are “fans” with the usual ostrich mentality asking ” well how do you know they didn’t pay for the trip”?? All taxpayers should be outraged by this stunt!!! It was wrong! I don’t get people. Drain the swamp alright. Pathetic

  • Midnight

    You are so correct! He’s a bible thumper. I guess those HOLY values take the backseat to the ole power quest. So much for integrity and the 10 commandments, but all in for the National Anthem!! Before he was VP, if he had a business dinner and women were present, NO ALCOHOL was to be served. Orders of his wife. That too speaks volumes. People who wear masks are the most dangerous.

  • Midnight

    You forgot the fans that Boo the players during the NA. They need to chant “drain the swamp”. It kills me. All of the sudden these fools are so patriotic. Nonsense.

  • Midnight

    Well that’s a positive coming out of this: decreasing ticket prices!

  • Midnight

    Pampered, pathetic players? Why don’t you try and play sports professionally? I guess because a person is pampered and pathetic he doesn’t deserve to be treated as an equal human being.

  • persononhere

    a lot of those men are making MILLIONS in endorsements and paychecks, far more than you’ll likely ever see in your lifetime. and they’re mostly african american, never had a day of service in the military, and many just skated through school on sports scholarships. they probably don’t even know what they’re protesting for or about. since ticket prices to their games are so high they are purchased by mainly whites (try and find some black couples in the stands) they are protesting in an arena/area that doesn’t look kindly upon what they’re doing. there is a time and place for whatever agenda they have and games supported by mainly whites, teams owned by super rich whites, and endorsed by mainly white-people companies doesn’t show much intelligence on their part. they are angering the people that support them and pay them. that’s why they’re getting backlash. that Colin K. guy kneeled himself right out of a job, lol

  • Midnight

    I cannot disagree with anything you said. However, I believe there is a great deal of player frustration and they feel they can reach “the masses” and create awareness here. Your point of angering the hands that feed them is SO valid, but maybe that factored into their decision? IDK, but I’m sure their intent is NOT disrespect but they also BETTER be certain to follow through with their protests off the field. Such a strong statement needs a backup plan. Back to the article, the Pence/Trump stunt was wrong and the bottom line of that was another attempt of Trump to try to prove HIS point with zero regard for the taxpayer.